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Apex Launch New Cron CtP at “Real Print and Finish”

In Pre-Press on March 29, 2017 at 2:27 pm

Apex Digital Graphics, the official RMGT Ryobi press distributor for the UK in formats up to SRA1 and for Cron computer-to-plate solutions, used its recent “Real Print and Real Finish” event to launch a new compact format, eco-friendly Cron platesetting solution targeted at B3-format litho printers.

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The Cron UVP-2632HX is a fully automated external drum CtP system with auto-loading and in-line plate punch. The system runs the new Blackwood Emerald UV low-chemistry plates, and the in-line Cron Emerald wash unit cleans the plate of unexposed polymer with a simple soap and water solution.

Maximum plate format for the unit is 670 x 560mm and minimum size is 240 x 240mm. Resolution options range from 2,400 through to 3,600dpi. The UV laser light source on the unit on show consisted of 32 diodes.

Commenting on this latest addition to the comprehensive range of Cron CtP units now available, Bob Usher, Managing Director of Apex, said: “Our friends at Cron have listened to our thoughts on what the market in the UK is needing right now and have provided us with the ideal machine for the B3 litho market. Having installed over 500 DPX Systems in the UK when polyester plate material took the market by storm, we view this latest addition to the Cron range as the ideal machine to replace that very popular product.”

The compact format of the unit has been achieved by integrating the autoloader and punch system into the imaging unit, and developing a smaller footprint wash unit.

“The basic system will be able to produce some 26 plates per hour, and should be capable of imaging up to 850 square meters of plate per month. A typical B3 printer in the UK is generally looking at producing some 2,000 square meters per annum, therefore the machine is comfortably in specification for the busy B3 print shop,” added Bob Usher.

List price for the new unit will be £32,000.

The UVP-2632HX was one of three Cron CtP units on show at the event. Plates were being imaged on the larger machines in order to run on the feature exhibit, an RMGT Ryobi 924 LED-UV press recently installed in the Apex showroom.

RMGT Ryobi printing equipment, IFS finishing solutions, Imprint MIS software, as well as products from Renz, Cyan-X, KAS Paper Systems, and Graphic Arts Supplies, and representatives of Premier Paper Group and IPIA were all available to visitors of the three-day event at Apex’s Hemel Hempstead showroom.

About Apex Digital Graphics 

Apex Digital Graphics Limited is a specialist in the supply and service of pre-press and press equipment. Apex is the official UK distributor for the RMGT Ryobi range of printing presses through to SRA1 format and Cron metal-based platesetters. Apex also distributes the Konica Minolta range of digital printing equipment. The company offers national service coverage, and a one-stop shop for print consumables featuring next day delivery. Apex Digital Graphics can be contacted on 01442 235 236 or via the web site.



Instant Offset Appeals to Corsham Print

In Offset Presses, Pre-Press on June 23, 2016 at 4:13 pm


Corsham Print, the 15-year-old Wiltshire-based print and design business, has announced an investment in the very latest LED-UV technology as it upgrades its Ryobi B3-format offset press to an RMGT 524GX machine, complete with automatic plate loading, and a direct CtP to press link for fast and accurate transfer of ink profile data.

“LED-UV is having a major impact on offset technology in all formats,” said Chris Perry, Managing Director of Corsham Print. The new press, destined for installation in October of this year, will provide the business with instantly dry print on delivery. “The instant drying and faster make-ready times, thanks to the direct press to CtP link, will help us to take the load off of our digital machines – which sounds rather ironic, as these were the same reasons that we installed digital in the first place!” The company currently runs two Ricoh digital devices as well as its Ryobi offset equipment.

“There is a trend at the moment for work to be produced on uncoated stock. With offset this tends to mean adding extra ink in order to get a good image density as ink is absorbed by this type of substrate. That tends to up the ink consumption as well as extending the drying time. With LED-UV we will be able to cure instantly, thus reducing the ink consumption as well as eliminating the drying issue. As a by product, we will also eliminate the piles of offset work drying on the factory floor prior to backing-up, or moving on to finishing,” added Chris. “Yes, the LED-UV inks might be a little more expensive right now, but lower consumption and the added speed of moving work through the factory will, I believe, more than make up for that current difference in price.”

The four-colour 524GX replaces a Ryobi 524HE machine that has been in use at Corsham for some nine years. “We have a long established relationship with Apex and with Ryobi. The Apex team are very professional and great to work with, and the presses are the most reliable that we have ever used,” said Chris Perry. “We knew that we didn’t really need to look at any other suppliers products. Ryobi has also been at the forefront of the LED-UV technology, so this purchase will put us at the cutting edge of print technology.”

Complementing the press will be a Cron platesetter, also supplied by Apex. This will replace the polyester-based plate production of the DPX System. “The DPX has served us very well over the years,” said Chris Perry. “But with the price of metal plates from Cron now coming in below the cost of polyester, and the added sharpness and stability offered by the plates, this is the ideal solution to work with our new press. We are now producing an amount of work for local fine art studios, so the increase in resolution of this device will allow us to move on to a higher screen ruling for this type of work.

“This is the final part of a half-million-pound investment in the business over the last twelve months. It has included finishing equipment, digital kit, and the redevelopment of parts of our property”, concluded Chris.

The RMGT 524GX is a sophisticated 52cm machine that is seen by many as the market leader in small offset. Recent developments such as LED-UV and low-cost CtP have made litho even more attractive against digital alternatives in this sector. The flagship RMGT 524GX comes complete with automatic plate loading on the press and a direct link for CIP3 ink data to be transferred from CtP to press. This is expected to reduce make-ready time by more than half.

Corsham Print is run by a team of eleven. The company handles a wide range of commercial print, as well as graphic design, photography, branding, and web site creation work. It has shown consistent growth over recent years, with some 20% year-on-year growth over the last 12 months.

For more information on Corsham Print call 01225 812 930 or visit the web site.

About Apex Digital Graphics 

Apex Digital Graphics Limited is a specialist in the supply and service of pre-press and press equipment. Apex is the official UK distributor for the RMGT range of printing presses through to SRA1 format and Cron metal-based platesetters. Apex also distributes the Konica Minolta range of digital printing equipment. The company offers national service coverage, and a one-stop shop for print consumables featuring next day delivery. Apex Digital Graphics can be contacted on 01442 235 236 or via the web site.


Guildhall Press Gets a Faster Flow for its Workflow

In Pre-Press on January 12, 2014 at 10:59 am

Guildhall Press, the 122-year-old Northampton printing business, has announced details of its new workflow solution in its pre-press department. The StudioRIP and Enfocus Pitstop Pro software combination was supplied and installed by Prepress UK, the pre-press specialists based in Cheltenham and Brighton.

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Commenting on the initial discussions with Prepress UK, Matt Course, Production Manager at Guildhall Press, said: “We contacted Prepress UK because they were having problems getting files through our ageing Screen Trueflow workflow, and although we were told that this needed upgrading, the costs mentioned were a little surprising to say the least. Prepress UK came in for a chat and explained what they thought we needed, and whilst the overall cost was not significantly different, the package they put together enabled us to do so much more.

“The Enfocus Pitstop Pro has been the first major plus. It allows us to pre-flight files that come in from our customers: an automatic check and fix regarding fonts, conversion of RGB images, and correcting page sizes – it examines the validity of the files in other words, and makes adjustments where needed. We used to spend an awful lot of time examining customer files manually – they can send you all sorts of interesting things these days! Pitstop has saved us a lot of time.

“Then files go on to production, and StudioRIP takes over. The improved speed of production through StudioRIP has probably been the most obvious improvement: faster plate production and faster printing of proofs. Prepress UK also helped us sort out profiles for our presses. We are now producing plates for each specific press and getting significantly more consistent colour printing as a result.”

Guildhall Press runs a five-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster 52, a two-colour GTO, and a two-colour Roland press, and prints a wide variety of general commercial work.

Prepress UK has created profiles for the presses based on ISO12647-2 colour standards. “This points us very much in the right direction for the future,” added Matt Course. “Customers are not speaking to us right now about ISO12647-2, but I have a feeling that they will be doing in the not too distant future.”

Commenting on the installation from the supplier’s point of view, Andrew Aldridge, Technical Manager at Prepress UK, said: “We went into see the team at Guildhall and examined their system. We found an ageing Trueflow workflow product that was struggling with the current versions of PDF files, particularly transparency, and didn’t provide any imposition or integrated proofing. Our immediate proposal was the StudioRIP Workflow package – a RIP and workflow software working in harmony. We added the Enfocus PitStop Pro pre-flighting and file correction plugins as, like so many printers today, Guildhall is receiving less than perfect PDF files from customers. With a few clicks they automatically correct common file problems, such as re-mapping colours, converting RGB, fixing font issues, add missing trim-marks, and correcting page sizes, as well as getting detailed reports on files as soon as they receive them. All-in-all it is a huge time saver.”

StudioRIP has been configured to drive the company’s existing Screen PT-R computer-to-plate device and an Epson proofer with clients on two studio Mac’s allowing seamless imposition, hard and soft proofing, interpretation, screening, and plate output from the studio. There is also a third client being run by the Production Manager on his laptop so he can monitor work progress, and even queue plates for output if needed, without interrupting work in the studio.

After installation Guildhall’s proofs are now certified as accurate emulations of ISO12647-2 (Fogra39) and plates are calibrated to produce ISO12647-2 dot gain on press, making it easy to match proof to press output using an industry standard.

Commenting on the reality of production with the new system, Matt Course said: “The fast, simple imposition system has speeded up the processing of files; automatically working out pagination and performing blisteringly fast step and repeats.”

The whole installation came in under £10,000.00, significantly lower than any alternative solution.

About Guildhall Press

Established in 1892, Guildhall press offers an extensive knowledge of the print industry, and uses its expertise to recommend the best solution for customers. The aim of the team at Guildhall is to keep one step ahead of the competition. This focus has helped them to develop the business into a versatile operation, offering everything the customer needs from start to finish: design, copywriting, reprographics, digital print, lithographic print, and finishing.

About Prepress UK

Prepress UK is an independent supplier of pre-press hardware and software. The company is able to provide significant experience and a professional and reliable approach to pre-press problems. With offices in Brighton and Cheltenham, the company provides specialised software solutions backed by an unparalleled personal service from initial enquiry through post sales support.

If you have a pre-press problem, let us solve it for you. Services include: Prepress UK supplies cost effective device independent prepress workflows; PDF and PostScript RIPs and RIP upgrades; CIP3 pre-press and press integration systems; technical support for existing systems; and colour management and ICC profile creation services.

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